Category Archives: Film Festivals

Complete List of the Sundance Film Festival 2017 Competition

sundance excerptWhile awards season is underway and moving towards next year’s Academy Awards, the Sundance Film Festival has their eyes the next set of critical darlings as they announced their competition lineup.

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Slamdance Film Festival Announces Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition Lineup

slamdance-excerptThe Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled its lineup for their 23rd annual narrative and documentary feature competition. The popular Sundance alternative is limited to films made by first-time directors with budgets under $1 million. It will also feature a digital, interactive, and gaming showcase known as DIG which includes eight works by emerging artists.

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AFI Fest — “The Comedian” Struggles to be Interesting Throughout All the Laughter

1603022_CO_Comedy_Cellar_00446.CR2Everyone loves a comeback story and The Comedian has elements of that in its DNA but it doesn’t amount to anything worth grasping on to. Instead, it tells a very basic story with great actors doing what they do best amidst an uninteresting story about a stand-up comedian.

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AFI Fest — “Rules Don’t Apply” is a Lifeless Celebration of Hollywood Charm

rules-don-apply-excerptWhat is set up to be a charming film about a love triangle set during the heydays of Hollywood turns into an unfocused mess that not only aimlessly wanders about with no intent, but paints Hughes as a multi-layered caricature of madness and an obnoxious example of wealthy privilege.

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“Miss Sloane” Set For World Premiere at AFI Fest

DF-09069.CR2The upcoming Jessica Chastain thriller Miss Sloane will make its world premiere at this year’s AFI Fest. Other films premiering at the Los Angeles-based festival include Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply and The Comedian starring Robert De Niro.

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The Tracking Board At The 2016 Austin Film Festival

AFF excerptAs the 2016 Austin Film Festival closes out, we’re recapping some of the highlights of the week. Each year, AFF furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of filmmakers who use the language of film and television to tell a story. Our on-the-ground reporter was there to cover it all, including the exclusive party sponsored by The Tracking Board hosted by writer-director Jeff Nichols.

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AFF 2016 — 5 Things We Learned About “Ghostbusters” From Paul Feig and Katie Dippold

feig-dippold-excerptDuring a special Ghostbusters panel at the Austin Film Festival, Paul Feig and Katie Dippold shared some bits of information that you may not know about the reboot of the horror comedy classic.

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AFF 2016 — Good vs. Bad Comic Book Adaptations

capt-america-civil-war-excerptThe journey of comic book adaptations has had its ups and downs but we are living in the Golden Age of the genre. There have been good ones and there have been bad ones. During the Austin Film Festival, Marvel movie writers John Turman, Cort Lane, Edward Ricourt, and Ashley Miller gave their two cents on the difference between the good and the bad.

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AFF 2016 — Complete List of Screenplay and Film Competition Jury Award Winners

aff-excerptThe Austin Film Festival announced their winners for the 2016 Screenplay Competition as well as the winners for the Film Competition Jury Award. One of the big screenplay winners of the festival was Henry Jones’ Static. Described as a grounded, visionary sci-fi thriller, the script was acquired by Inkubate, the new banner for Godzilla’s Max Borenstein focused on character-driven genre material in film and television

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AFF 2016 — How Four Screenwriters Turned Failure Into Success

screenwriting-excerptExperienced screenwriters Malcolm Spellman, John Turman, and writing duo Cormac and Marianne Wibberly have their fair share of “failures” — but they weren’t really failures. They managed to see a silver lining and make the best lemonade they could out of the lemons the industry threw at them.

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AFF 2016 — The Highs, Lows, and Joy of Being a “Saturday Night Live” Writer

snl-excerptPaula Pell, Tim Herlihy, and Michael McCullers — Saturday Night Live writers from the present and the past — got together to share their stories and experiences from working on the iconic late-night sketch show.

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AFF 2016 — 7 Tips For Submitting to the Nicholl Fellowship and Other Workshops & Competitions

aff-excerptEvery year thousands of aspiring writers submit their TV and film scripts to dozens upon dozens of fellowships, workshops and contests (including our own). There is no secret formula to “win” any of these uber-competitive programs — but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a chance. Lucky for you, we wrangled some advice from the VIP’s who run four highly sought-after screenwriting programs.

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AFF 2016 — Chris Sparling, Anne Rapp, and Cindy McCreery Talk Writing For Hollywood Outside of Hollywood

aff excerpt borderedIf you’re a working screenwriter, chances are you probably live in Hollywood or in the immediate vicinity of the hustle and bustle of the industry. If you’re an aspiring screenwriter, you probably think that you have to move to L.A. in order to have a lucrative career in the biz… and that’s kind of true. It’s doable, but with some caveats. For screenwriters Cindy McCreery, Anne Rapp, and Chris Sparling.

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A Complete Guide to the 2016 Austin Film Festival Parties and Events

aff excerpt borderedWith the Austin Film Festival kicking off this week, we’ve got a guide to the biggest parties and events taking place throughout the fest, including a special event featuring filmmaker Jeff Nichols presented by The Tracking Board.

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Austin Film Festival Announces 2016 Screenplay Competition Finalists

Austin-FF-Featured excerptWith the 2016 Austin Film Festival around the corner, the finalists for the fest’s annual screenplay competition have been announced. This year, 45 scripts were chosen for the Final Round with one winner to be determined in each of the 11 categories.

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“Suspiria” Remake Taps Chloe Grace Moretz to Star Opposite Tilda Swinton & Dakota Johnson

moretz-excerptThe remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria just took a huge step forward with the casting of Chloe Grace Moretz in the starring role. She will join Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, and Mia Goth in the retelling of the horror classic.

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Austin Film Festival Adds “The Edge of Seventeen” & “Bleed For This” to Lineup

THE EDGE OF SEVENTEENThe 23rd annual Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference has made two new additions to its impressive film slate. For the fest’s centerpiece film, they have selected STX’s coming-of-age dramedy The Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson while the closing night film will be Open Road’s boxing biopic Bleed For This starring Miles Teller.

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TIFF — “La La Land” Takes Home Audience Prize, Plus More Winners from the Festival

LLL d 29 _5194.NEFLa La Land, Free Fire, and I Am Not Your Negro took home the People’s Choice Awards at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

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TIFF — Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Eleanor Coppola Comedy “Paris Can Wait”

paris-can-wait-excerptThe last time Eleanor Coppola sat in the director’s chair for a feature-length film was in 1991 for the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse. Fast forward 25 years later and she has finally made her narrative feature directorial debut with the comedy Paris Can Wait and Sony Pictures Classics has managed to land the North American rights to the pic.

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TIFF – Netflix Snags “Tramps” and Obama Feature “Barry”

Adam LeonOnline network Netflix continued its shopping spree over the weekend as it picked up romantic-heist feature Tramps. The film from writer-director Adam Leon had several interested parties including A24, Sony Pictures Classics, and The Orchard.

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The Top 7 Films From the Toronto International Film Festival

tiff-excerptAs the Toronto International International Film Festival comes to a close and the last film gets screened for the exhausted festival goer, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite films. Out of the 296 films at the festival, I managed to see 22 of them – just a dent in the grand scheme of things, but impressive enough given the five days I was there.

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TIFF — Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren Film “The Leisure Seeker” Gets U.S. Rights with Sony Pictures Classics

Donald Sutherland Helen Mirren ExcerptWith only a few days left of the Toronto International Film Festival, yet another deal is close to being sealed. The Leisure Seeker, an upcoming road trip film from Italian director Paolo Virzì, starring Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, is finalizing a deal for U.S. rights with Sony Pictures Classics. Brokered by CAA and Bac Films, the deal is in the mid-seven figure range.

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TIFF — Actors Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner Join New Roman Polanski Film

Eva Green Emmanuelle Seigner ExcerptMore news is rolling out of Toronto International Film Festival, with Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner set to star in the new film from Roman Polanski, Based on a True Story. The psychological thriller, which will start filming in Paris this November, will be sold by Lionsgate and Mars Distribution.

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TIFF – Dystopian Romance “The Bad Batch” Picked Up by Screen Media

Images by Che Rosales / LARAWANU.S. rights to Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch have landed at Screen Media Films. The film previously won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and starts Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovannie Ribisi, and Yolanda Ross.

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TIFF – James Baldwin Documentary Lands at Magnolia

James BaldwinThe North American rights to the documentary I Am Not Your Negro have landed at Magnolia Pictures. The film follows James Baldwin’s unfinished novel Remember This House.

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TIFF – David Oyelowo Drama “A United Kingdom” Bought by Fox Searchlight

united kingdomAs the Toronto market starts to heat up in the festival’s final days, Fox Searchlight in closing a deal to buy the North American distribution rights to A United Kingdom, director Amma Asante’s romantic drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.

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TIFF – Roadside Attractions Snags “Lady Macbeth”

Lady MacBeth ExcerptThe sales are starting to pick up at the Toronto International Film Festival as Roadside Attraction acquires Lady Macbeth. The indie is an adaptation of the 1865 novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk.

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TIFF – Showtime and IFC Jump In The Ring with “The Bleeder”

Untitled design (1)Showtime and IFC have partnered to acquire the rights to The Bleeder, a boxing drama starring Liev Schreiber. Philippe Falardeau directed from a script which comes from Michael Cristofer, Jerry Stahl, and Jeff Feuerzeig.

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TIFF — Netflix Nearing Exclusive Deal for Chadwick Boseman Film “Message from the King”

Message from the King ExcerptOne of the latest deals out of TIFF is for Message from the King, an upcoming film starring Captain America: Civil War’s Chadwick Boseman. Reports say that Netflix is close to securing an exclusive deal for the film in the mid-seven-figure range.

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Austin Film Festival Announces Full Schedule of Films & Panels

austin-film-fest-excerptThe Austin Film Festival has announced their slate of films and panels for the 23rd annual fest which takes place from October 13-20. The event includes screenings of festival favorites Lion, Nerdland, Trespass Against Us as well as the buzzworthy movie musical La La Land.

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